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The Spread of Radiation Internal Contamination thru Fresh Produce in Japan

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[Photo] Green: vegetables, Brown: mushrooms, Navy blue: seafood.

Here is the map of Japan, which indicates the spread of radiation contamination studied with fresh produce.

Everyone should be careful and aware that radiation contaminated food is being distributed anywhere in Japan, not only in Fukushima Prefecture.

To know the exact measure, becquerels level in each food to be consumed is becoming vital so as to not be harmed internally, knowing that radiation exposure internally is much more harmful than external exposure : at least 100 times more harmful.

Professional insight is there important. In Japan today professional insight is only presently given by White Food company, whose main concern is now to sell food that is not radioactive contaminated. (If only once proven wrong White Food would lose its credibility, which is the foundation of their company.)

Why is this happening ◾️? Because radioactive contamination in distributed foods is harder to be known, to be detected than the geographical distribution of hotspots in Japan which can be easily detected and are now well listed.


As an example, although it is not well known, the best shiitake mushrooms are mostly produced in Fukushima prefecture, and from there distributed all over Japan, some even exported abroad.

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Map of mushrooms only. Type details.

Recently, information about contaminated foods is become more available, than just after the accident. Nevertheless radioactive contamination is ongoing and well present in food everywhere as it shows on the map above.

Data Sources:

Radioactivity inspection map per category & destination list links

Seafood: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_fish/

Meat: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_meat/

Mushroom: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_mush/

Beans: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_bean/

Fruit: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_fruit/

Vegetables: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_vegi/

Rice, grain: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_rice/

Water, tea: http://news.whitefood.co.jp/tag/map_drink/

Radioactivity inspection map of food (2015) information source
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
2014 monthly test results

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/kinkyu/0000045281.html

2015 monthly test results

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/kinkyu/0000084439.html

Article Sources:
http://saigaijyouhou.com/blog-entry-10727.html
http://sharetube.jp/article/2958/
https://news.whitefood.co.jp/news/foodmap/

Special credits to Kitagawa Takashi for the informations

Translated by D’un Renard from Japanese.

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | , , | Leave a comment

Fukushima 172 Children Thyroid Cancers Distribution

Distribution of 172 children who were 18 years old or younger at the time of the Fukushima nuclear accident and who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer or suspected of thyroid cancer as of March 31, 2016. 131 children out of 172 were confirmed to have thyroid cancer.

 

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Radioactive soil turns up at Fukushima high school

FUKUSHIMA–Highly radioactive soil that should by law be removed by the central government has been left dumped in the corner of a schoolyard here because the construction of a local storage site for waste has been stalled.

Students at the school were not given an official warning that the radioactive soil was potentially hazardous to their health.

When a teacher scooped up soil samples at the site and had their radiation levels measured by two nonprofit monitoring entities–one in Fukushima and another in Tokyo–the results showed 27,000-33,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram.

The law stipulates that the central government is responsible for disposing of waste measuring more than 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

But as a central government project to build an interim storage site for highly radioactive waste near the nuclear power plant has been stalled, the school appears to have no alternative to indefinitely keeping it in the schoolyard.

Principal Seiichi Takano at Fukushima North High School said the school does not plan to take extra safety measures with regard to the storage of the polluted dirt, saying the waste is not believed to be outright dangerous.

“The prefectural board of education has not set any criteria for us to conclude at what levels of radiation are hazardous to people,” he said.

The fallout is a result of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, which unfolded following the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Before the cleanup operation at the school in the city’s Iizaka district on May 24-25, the teacher who took the samples called on school officials to take precautionary measures and issue an alert for students.

“Since it is highly radioactive, we should remind students and staff of the potential danger while taking a step to prevent the spread of polluted dust during cleanup,” said the teacher.

Highly radioactive dirt, which was mixed with tree branches and plants amounted to 20 cubic meters, according to cleanup workers. It was packed in bags and dumped in an area near the parking lot for bicycles used by students.

School officials say they plan to bury the bags by digging deep holes on the school premises to temporarily store them, but they have no idea when they will finally be removed.

The polluted dirt in the latest cleanup first came to the attention of school officials in March when a preliminary survey detected 1.6 microsieverts per hour of radiation at a point 1 meter from the surface of the ground near the bicycle parking lot. The survey is routine before any cleanup gets under way in earnest.

A cleanup operation is conducted with the aim of lowering radiation exposure to below 0.23 microsieverts per hour, a long-term goal the central government has set to limit residents’ annual additional exposure to a maximum of 1 millisievert.

In the previous decontamination operation, the school’s playground was cleaned in August 2011 before classes were resumed for that academic year after a break after the nuclear accident.

A large amount of contaminated soil–far more radioactive than in the current incident–is still buried in the schoolyard for temporary storage.

Cleanup resumed only this spring for the rest of the school premises and its neighborhood in line with a general cleanup plan in Fukushima.

An official with the prefectural board of education said it is not considering additional safety measures concerning the storage of polluted soil kept at the school.

“We are going to ensure safety by taking an approach similar to the existing one before the polluted soil is transported to the interim storage facility,” said a board official.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201606150009.html

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Fairewinds in the News: Gendai Business Online Feature Article

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Gendai Business Online’s top ranked article is an exclusive interview with Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen titled, American nuclear expert warns: “There is a possibility that now in Fukushima recontamination is occurring.” With more than 10,000 likes on Facebook, this Japanese article delves into the truth about nuclear contamination from Fukushima Daiichi as uncovered by Arnie Gundersen during his most recent trip to Japan. Fairewinds, with the help of Japanese translators, provides you with an English translation:

On a mid-February morning, just before the 5th anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, a group of young girls in the city of Minami-Soma rode their bikes to school past a shocked and saddened pedestrian. That upset observer was Arnie Gundersen, nuclear reactor expert and Chief Engineer with Fairewinds Associates. Mr. Gundersen has 45 years of experience as a design, operations, and decommissioning nuclear engineer. He has engaged in research of the effects of the meltdown at Three Mile Island (TMI) and conducts independent research of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. Mr. Gundersen is in ongoing conversations with both the US and Japanese media concerning the dangers of nuclear reactors and nuclear power operation. Invited by “Peace News Japan” and several other civil groups, Mr. Gundersen visited the Fukushima prefecture five years after the catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi.

What surprised me at this visit to Japan [his third since the meltdowns] is that the decontaminated area is contaminated again,” Mr. Gundersen said while explaining why it was such as sad shock to witness the girls on their bicycles. “This was not what I had expected. I had thought that we would not find such high doses of radiation in the decontaminated area. But, sadly, our results prove otherwise.”

During his Japan visit, Mr. Gundersen collected samples of dust from the rooftop of Minami-Soma city town hall, the floor mat of a 7-Eleven convenience store, and the roadsides of Minami-Soma city. Although the official data cannot be released before the publication of formal scientific papers, it is evident that high doses of radiation, usually found in nuclear waste, was detected from these samples.

 “This means that highly radioactive dust is flying around the city. In other words, the decontaminated land is contaminated again. Little girls are affected by the radiation 20 times as much as adult men. The Japanese government’s standard of 20 mSv is based on exposure assessments for adult men. The girls on their bicycles are actually being affected by a radiation dose equivalent to as much as 400 mSv.”

Mr. Gundersen also pointed out that human lungs are heavily affected by internal exposures to radiation.

At this visit, I wore a radiation proof mask that can filter out 99.98% of radiation for six hours. I sent my filter to the lab, and they found a high dose of Cesium. But, unfortunately, the Japanese government only cares about the number on a Geiger counter and does not consider the internal exposure. This has resulted in a hazardous downplay of this kind of data and human lungs are affected by the serious internal exposure.”

Why is the recontamination happening? One of the reasons is that the government did not decontaminate thoroughly. Mr. Gundersen witnessed first-hand the poor decontamination of the prefecture.

In the house I visited, only half of the garden area was decontaminated because only that half fell into the category of a contaminated area. It should not be like that. The other half would be contaminated too. Furthermore, one person discovered highly radioactive dust in their driveway where decontamination had occurred. So, of course, this person notified the related offices but the related offices told them that it was not necessary to decontaminate the driveway again because it had already been done once.  It’s unbelievable. This person’s house is located near a ravine and the opposite side of the ravine is designated a non-habitable zone.”

Another reason for recontamination is that the radiation from the mountains are coming back to the city by way of wind and rain. Mr. Gundersen noted the extreme radioactive contamination of the mountains.

We tracked wild monkeys in the mountains and found a high dose of radiation in their feces. I received the meat of a wild pig as a gift and since I could not bring it back to the US [it is illegal to bring meat back to the United States from Japan], tested the meat on a Geiger counter. The meat showed 120 counts/min. I think that the Japanese government should spend more money to decontaminate the mountains but they don’t appear to have that kind of political will. I also worry that contamination in the rivers is not monitored as rain from the mountains flow down into the rivers.” 

Due to the heavy radiation contamination of the mountains, vegetables grown in that area exceed the government’s standard by 1500 Bq. These vegetables were sold at the MichinoEki in Tochigi prefecture, and the bamboo shoot grown in this contaminated region was used for elementary school lunches in Utsunomiya. These school lunches contained more than twice as much radiation as the government’s standard.

Recontamination is happening due to poor decontamination and residents of Kawauchi village in Fukushima prefecture claim that the decontamination in the forests is not enough. However, the government continues to push for the end of people’s relocation and force the return to recontaminated areas.

If I had a little child, I would never let them live there,” Mr. Gundersen pointedly states.

Mr. Gundersen also found that Tokyo remains contaminated. He measured dust collected from the sidewalk in front of MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) and found a high dose of radiation. That dust is in the air that will be inhaled by the visitors and athletes of the 2020 Olympic Games. Needless to say, the current residents are inhaling it every day. “Mr. Abe should not take the advice from IAEA, MITI and TEPCO seriously,” Mr. Gundersen insists. “Instead, he should have an independent organization conduct research and listen to the advice from them.”  

http://www.fairewinds.org/nuclear-energy-education//fairewinds-in-the-news-gendai-business-online-feature-article

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Over double density of Cesium-134/137 as safety limit detected from served school lunch in Utsunomiya city

 

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According to Utsunomiya city government, they detected over double density of Cs-134/137 as safety level from school lunch after serving it to the students this May.

It was bamboo shoot contained in the school lunch of 5/10/2016 as an ingredient.

It was already served and consumed by 560 students and teachers at an elementary school when they obtained the analysis result.

It was 234 Bq/Kg in total of Cs-134/137 (food safety limit is 100 Bq/Kg). The city government comments no health problem was reported related to the contaminated bamboo shoot.

http://www.city.utsunomiya.tochigi.jp/oshiraselist/19078/035312.html

http://www.city.utsunomiya.tochigi.jp/dbps_data/_material_/localhost/gakkoukenkou/20160614.pdf

http://fukushima-diary.com/2016/06/over-double-density-of-cesium-134137-as-safety-limit-detected-from-provided-school-lunch-in-utsunomiya-city/

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Test run for Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover installation

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Sections of the cover upon the base of the fuel removal machine

 

 

In preparation for the installation of a fuel removal machine and a protective cover over unit 3 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, workers have carried out a practice run of installing roof modules onto the base of the fuel handling machine.

Plans were announced in November 2012 for a cover to be constructed to encase the unit’s damaged reactor building, protecting it from the weather and preventing any release of radioactive particles during decommissioning work.

The section of the reactor building that sheltered the service floor of unit 3 was wrecked by a hydrogen explosion three days after the tsunami of March 2011 – leaving the fuel pond exposed and covered by debris including many twisted steel beams.

The fabrication of the cover has been under way since November 2013 at the Onahama works in Iwaki city. It has been made in sections so that once it is transported to Fukushima Daiichi, the time to assemble it can be shortened and the radiation exposure to the workers on site can be significantly reduced, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said.

A separate structure will be built to facilitate the removal by crane of used fuel from the storage pool. This 54-metre-tall structure will include a steel frame, filtered ventilation and an arched section at its top to accommodate the crane. Measuring 57 metres long and 19 metres wide, it will not be fixed to the reactor building itself, but will be supported on the ground on one side, and against the turbine building on the other.

A detailed replica of a portion of the Fukushima Daiichi site has been created at Onahama to enable workers to train in highly realistic conditions, Tepco said. Training began in May and will continue through June.

On 10 June, workers at Onahama assembled sections of the cover on the base of the specially-made fuel removal machine and slid them into place to make a roof, Tepco announced.

Although the largest pieces of rubble have already been removed, once installed the remotely-operated fuel removal machine will be used to clear the remaining rubble and the 566 fuel assemblies from the unit’s storage pool. The removal of debris and fuel using the system is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2017.

The fuel removed from unit 3 will be packaged for transport the short distance to the site’s communal fuel storage pool, although it will need to be inspected and flushed clean of dust and debris.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Test-run-for-Fukushima-Daiichi-3-cover-installation-1306164.html

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Orlando gunman a security guard, for a firm that guards US nuclear sites

safety-symbol1Flag-USASecurity Firm That Employed Orlando Gunman Guards U.S. Nuclear Sites  The news has inflamed concern about the threat of insider attacks at America’s most critical infrastructure. US News By Alan Neuhauser | Staff Writer June 13, 2016  The security firm that employed the Orlando gunman behind the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history says it’s guarded “90 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities” – raising concern that would-be terrorists could easily gain inside access to the most sensitive sites on American soil and release untold devastation.

Omar Mateen, who slaughtered 49 people early Sunday at a popular gay nightclub and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, worked as a guard for G4S, an enormous multinational security firm that’s previously faced scrutiny for safety and management lapses.

Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police, was employed at a “residential community in South Florida,” not a nuclear site, the company said in a statement. Nonetheless, nuclear safety and private security experts say his employment at G4S – which included an initial background check when he was recruited in 2007 and another in 2013, according to the company – highlights potential vulnerabilities at the nation’s nuclear sites, especially in light of successful break-ins and apparent sabotage in the past four years alone.

“If you’re a guard, you have free run of the facility: You know how the facility operates, you know the level of attack the facility is set up to handle, you may know where sensors may have failed, you may know where weak points are, you know other folks in the workforce who would be vulnerable to coercion or blackmail,” says Howard Hall, governor’s chair professor of nuclear security at the University of Tennessee who has consulted with nuclear plants on security issues.

“From an insider’s perspective, this is concerning.”

Although the chances a terrorist could acquire enough material to build a nuclear bomb remain relatively low – enriching uranium is a delicate and highly complex process – recent breaches at nuclear sites in the U.S. and abroad point to other risks, experts say……http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-13/security-firm-that-employed-orlando-gunman-guards-us-nuclear-sites

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Donald Trump, Orlando massacre, and nuclear weapons policy

Republican hawk (Trump)Trump’s Gun And Nuclear Arms Race: Both Wedge Issues Clinton Could Use To Peel Away Moderate Republicans, Huffington Post, Dave R. Jacobson  Co-Authored by Maclen Zilber, 15 June 16 “……Just imagine how the world would be if, on January 20, 2017, billionaire Donald Trump raised his right hand, took the oath of office at his inauguration, and was sworn in as America’s 45th President.

Now visualize how Trump would respond, as President, to a horrific tragedy as the one we witnessed this past weekend at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida……

Given his past comments, Trump’s answer would probably be more guns, bigger guns, “the classiest guns you’ve ever seen.”

Rather than enacting tougher laws to make it more difficult for terrorists, like Mateen, to purchase guns through additional background checks, Trump has made it clear he would like less oversight, not more, on gun purchases. He says the current background checks on the books are sufficient and also supports the use and sale of military grade weaponry, the type of weapons that are necessary to carry out such a large-scale mass shooting.

Trump sees nuclear weapons the same way he sees guns. For both, he believes more is better.

In Trump’s mind, giving more people guns will prevent further acts of carnage. At least that’s what he said after the terror attacks in Paris. Likewise, Trump believes nuclear proliferation is inevitable, and that’s why he’d prefer that more of America’s allies have nukes, rather than not. Giving them these capabilities, Trump suggests, will help to minimize the risk of nuclear war……..

Perhaps what Trump fundamentally misunderstands, is that by allowing more nations to stockpile nuclear arsenals, he will help to spur a domino effect where bordering countries of those nuclear armed nations will feel compelled to build up their own cache of nukes, thus creating a world-wide ripple effect.

……. When it comes to who voters trust to oversee America’s nuclear arsenal, according to a recent May FOX News poll, 49% of registered voters trust Clinton to do a better job of making decisions about using nuclear weapons, compared to 38% for Trump. Some of the nation’s top national security experts, such as Republican and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have criticized Trump’s calls for more nukes around the globe……..

Trump’s failure in response to the Orlando catastrophe coupled with his spine-chilling approach to nukes are both wedge issues that can start to peel away some of the very traits that give him strength, and Hillary Clinton has every moral and political justification to begin hammering away at them. Who knows, Trump is so impulsive and rash that if he begins feeling the heat over these issues, he may well switch his position on them (one could only hope!).http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-r-jacobson/trumps-gun–nuclear-arms_b_10457068.html

June 15, 2016 Posted by | USA elections 2016 | Leave a comment

Finland concerned about the uncertain state of France’s nuclear industry

plants-downflag-FinlandFinns deeply worried about French nuclear industry  Ft.com Richard Milne, Nordic Correspondent , 14 June 16 
One of the main international customers for a much-delayed and costly nuclear reactor has expressed deep worries over the future of France’s atomic industry amid signs of political wrangling.

Finland’s TVO was the first customer for French nuclear group Areva’s European Pressurised Reactor technology — due to also be used at the UK’s controversial Hinkley Point power station — but the project has been beset by large cost overruns and a delay of almost a decade.

The two companies had been in negotiations in recent weeks to resolve multibillion-euro legal claims by both parties, as well as pave the way for the sale of a majority stake in Areva’s nuclear reactor business to French utility EDF.

But the sudden breakdown of those talks has rattled TVO, which operates some of Finland’s nuclear power plants. Jarmo Tanhua, chief executive, told the Financial Times of his big concerns about the future of France’s nuclear industry.

“We are afraid of what is happening. One thing is we don’t really understand why we don’t proceed with the negotiations. Our understanding is that it has something to do with the restructuring in France or the politics,” he said.

Mr Tanhua added that his biggest fear was that the French could decide to run down “some parts of the industry or some know-how”, particularly in its EPR technology.

The issue is likely to be raised by Finland’s prime minister, Juha Sipila, when he visits his French counterpart Manuel Valls on Wednesday in Paris………http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/30f3dc16-3224-11e6-bda0-04585c31b153.html#axzz4Bb1FOlLY

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Finland, France, politics international | Leave a comment

Japan’s Upper House Election

text politicsflag-japanUpper House Election 2016 / Nuclear power a nonissue for opposition in Fukui, Japan News The Yomiuri Shimbun, 15 June 16  This is the fourth installment of a series.

Reconstruction Minister Tsuyoshi Takagi, 60, from the House of Representatives’ Fukui Constituency No. 2, held a policy briefing meeting on June 5 in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, that was seen as a rally for restarting nuclear power plants.

“We need to set a clear course on issues such as restarting nuclear plants and the future of Monju,” said Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa, 71, calling for operations to be resumed at reactors that have been deemed safe.

Joining him on the stage were heads of the municipalities of Tsuruga, Mihama, Oi and Takahama, which all host nuclear power plants. House of Councillors President Masaaki Yamazaki, 74, who is seeking a fifth term representing the Fukui constituency, was also in attendance.

After remarks by the local municipal leaders, Yamazaki asked the crowd for their support in the upcoming upper house election. His policy pamphlets and other materials addressing the issue of nuclear power state, “I promote an optimal energy mix based on safety and local development.”

Tsuruga sits on Wakasa Bay, a stretch of coastline that is home to the fast-breeder reactor Monju and 10 commercial nuclear reactors, not counting those slated for decommissioning. It is called “Nuclear Ginza” after the busy area in Tokyo.

Lawsuits seeking the suspension of operations and other issues have hindered efforts to restart the reactors in the wake of the March 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Currently, no reactors are operating in the area……….

In contrast, Tatsuhiro Yokoyama, secretary general of the Fukui branch of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), almost never mentions nuclear power in his speeches on the street.

Yokoyama, 51, is supported by the Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party.

“Lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party cannot say no to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. I want a Diet that listens to our voices,” he said in a June 8 speech near JR Tsuruga Station.

Yokoyama repeatedly criticized legislation related to national security and Abenomics, but he made no mention of nuclear power…….http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003009889

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Company wants customers to pay more in advance for building nuclear project

“The amount that SCE&G customers are unjustly forced to pay in advance for the nuclear project has become a significant burden”

“That SCE&G customers are now paying over 16 percent of the bill for a project that may face more delays and cost overruns should cause alarm about skyrocketing rates, rates that are certain to go even higher due to the nuclear project.”

hungry-nukes 1SCE&G asking for $852 million more to finish Summer nuclear plants BY RODDIE BURRIS rburris@thestate.com The State, 13 June 16, COLUMBIA, SC 

The SCANA-owned utility also seeks a new fixed price contract option

Utility says future cost overruns would belong to construction contractor Westinghouse

S.C. public interest agency says price tag would not be “fixed”; likely to cost more

SCE&G is asking state regulators to approve an $852 million increase in the projected cost of building two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, but the company says the potential for any other cost increases is limited.

Critics of the requested increase — which would be paid for by customers — call the request “stunning.” If the state Public Service Commission approves the higher cost, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.’s 702,000 electric customers would likely face higher rates.

But SCE&G says its contract with the project’s new construction company essentially “fixes” the reactors’ cost in place. “The fixed-price option provides substantial value to our customers, investors and our company by limiting the risk of future cost increases,” said Eric Boomhower, SCE&G spokesman.

The S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff said Monday it is skeptical. The agency represents the public’s interest in utility regulation and must make a recommendation on SCE&G’s request to the S.C. Public Service Commission by Sept. 1……

“(This proposal’s) got some aspects of a fixed price, but there’s stuff in there that’s not fixed and we are going through that now.”

The latest proposed increase follows the company’s decision in October to replace the construction project’s contractor with Westinghouse Electric Co. After a review of the project, Westinghouse and SCE&G agreed on the new contract with the higher projected cost. The project’s new total cost would be $14 billion, about 43 percent higher than the $9.8 billion price tag announced in 2008.

SCANA, parent company of SCE&G, and Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility, have partnered to build Reactors 2 and 3 at the V.C. Summer plant in Jenkinsville. SCANA owns 55 percent of the project.

The 2005 Energy Policy Act provides a production tax credit for electricity produced by new nuclear power plants. But to qualify for the nuclear production tax credit, a new nuclear power plant must be in service by Dec. 31, 2020.

The Unit 2 and Unit 3 reactors under construction at the Summer plant are eligible for the tax credits. But construction delays, which also drive cost overruns, have plagued progress and some are concerned about the project qualifying for the tax credits…….

Within 30 days, SCE&G will outline an electric rate increase request to the PSC under the state’s Base Load Review Act, which allows utilities to collect construction finance costs on nuclear construction projects prior to completion of the plants. SCE&G said the practice saves ratepayers additional costs later on……

critics aren’t happy. “The amount that SCE&G customers are unjustly forced to pay in advance for the nuclear project has become a significant burden, as revealed by” Scott’s office, said Tom Clements, director of Savannah River Site Watch, a watchdog group.

“That SCE&G customers are now paying over 16 percent of the bill for a project that may face more delays and cost overruns should cause alarm about skyrocketing rates, rates that are certain to go even higher due to the nuclear project.” http://www.thestate.com/news/business/article83609292.html

June 15, 2016 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Radioactive ranchers? Elements found downwind of intensive fracking.

After losing an unprecedented number of cattle in 2013, Nielle and Howard Hawkwood tested soil where the cattle had urinated and found high levels of radioactive materials. Not even seeds would germinate in the soil.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/515501742094044525

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US Energy Secretary Moniz announces more money for nuclear industry

Moniz,-ErnestFeds Announce $82 Million for Nuclear Energy Research abc News, By KEITH RIDLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS BOISE, Idaho — Jun 14, 2016,  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions.

Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while text-my-money-2visiting the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho…..

Much of the money announced Tuesday is heading for universities, about $36 million for 49 university-led projects. Fifteen universities also will receive nearly $6 million for research reactor and infrastructure improvements…….

The funding includes $21 million for joint projects involving the Office of Nuclear Energy and the Office of Environmental Management for nuclear waste immobilization. Collaboration between those two entities is part of Moniz’s plan to combine the Energy Department’s advanced nuclear research and remediation efforts……

The Idaho-based Snake River Alliance describes itself as Idaho’s nuclear watchdog and clean energy advocate.

“Nuclear waste is certainly a place where we want as much research as possible,” said Wendy Wilson, the group’s interim executive director, about Tuesday’s announcement. “If they put that much money into renewables that are here today, we could have really safe and clean energy.”

In Idaho, nuclear waste is a touchy subject involving federal court battles between the state and federal government over concerns the state was becoming a nuclear waste repository.

Currently, research on spent nuclear fuel the Energy Department wants to do at the Idaho National Laboratory is being prevented by a 1995 agreement prohibiting such shipments into Idaho until 900,000 gallons of high-level liquid radioactive waste stored at the site is converted to a solid form and shipped out of the state.

June 15, 2016 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

India’s nuclear lobbying

Viewpoint: India’s nuclear lobbying and an increasingly isolated Pakistan, BBC News, By Ahmed RashidLahore 14 June 2016

India’s American-backed bid to join the prestigious Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has once again isolated Pakistan in South Asia.

Pakistan is increasingly finding itself friendless in the region as Iran, Afghanistan and India all find fault with Pakistan’s inability to end terrorism on its soil and in particular to bring the Afghan Taliban to the table for peace talks, as Islamabad promised to do nearly two years ago.

The 48-nation NSG, which sets global rules for international trade in nuclear energy technology, has become the latest diplomatic battleground between India and Pakistan. It is due to hold a crucial meeting this month. The Pakistani military Toshiba Westinghouseis angry that after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Washington, the US has been furiously lobbying all member countries to give India a seat at the NSG table.

Pakistan then asked for the same, but its proliferation record is not as good as India’s and it clearly would not succeed. Instead, it has asked China to veto the Indian bid which it is likely to do. However, smaller countries are angry with the US, who they accuse of browbeating them, and complain that neither India nor Pakistan can become members until they sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) which is an essential requirement.

President Obama is going against his own policy of nuclear restraint and disarmament by offering to make India – but not Pakistan – a member of the NSG, when the US has also tied up plans to sell India six nuclear power plants……..http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36518330

June 15, 2016 Posted by | India, marketing, Pakistan, politics international | Leave a comment

Dozens of USA climate denial groups funded by biggest US coal company

13a47-corruptionBiggest US coal company funded dozens of groups questioning climate change
Analysis of Peabody Energy court documents show company backed trade groups, lobbyists and thinktanks dubbed ‘heart and soul of climate denial’,
Guardian,     and , 13 June 16, Peabody Energy, America’s biggest coalmining company, has funded at least two dozen groups that cast doubt on manmade climate change and oppose environment regulations, analysis by the Guardian reveals.

The funding spanned trade associations, corporate lobby groups, and industry front groups as well as conservative thinktanks and was exposed in court filings last month.

The coal company also gave to political organisations, funding twice as many Republican groups as Democratic ones.

Peabody, the world’s biggest private sector publicly traded coal company, was long known as an outlier even among fossil fuel companies for its public rejection of climate science and action. But its funding of climate denial groups was only exposed in disclosures after the coal titan was forced to seek bankruptcy protection in April, under competition from cheap natural gas.

Environmental campaigners said they had not known for certain that the company was funding an array of climate denial groups – and that the breadth of that funding took them by surprise.

The company’s filings reveal funding for a range of organisations which have fought Barack Obama’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and denied the very existence of climate change.

“These groups collectively are the heart and soul of climate denial,” said Kert Davies, founder of the Climate Investigation Center, who has spent 20 years tracking funding for climate denial. “It’s the broadest list I have seen of one company funding so many nodes in the denial machine.”

Among Peabody’s beneficiaries, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has insisted – wrongly – that carbon emissions are not a threat but “the elixir of life” while the American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to overturn Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity campaigns against carbon pricing. The Oklahoma chapter was on the list…….

the full extent of Peabody’s financial support for climate denial is unlikely to be revealed until the completion of bankruptcy proceedings.

“The breadth of the groups with financial ties to Peabody is extraordinary. Thinktanks, litigation groups, climate scientists, political organisations, dozens of organisations blocking action on climate all receiving funding from the coal industry,” said Nick Surgey, director of research for the Center for Media and Democracy.

“We expected to see some denial money, but it looks like Peabody is the treasury for a very substantial part of the climate denial movement.”

Peabody’s filings revealed funding for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the corporate lobby group which opposes clean energy standards and tried to impose financial penalties on homeowners with solar panels, as well as a constellation of conservative thinktanks and organisations.

These included the State Policy Network and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, which worked to defeat climate bills in Congress and are seeking to overturn Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, as well as the Congress for Racial Equality, which was a major civil rights organisation in the 1960s.

The filings also revealed funding for the George C Marshall Institute, the Institute for Energy Research, and the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, which are seen as industry front groups.

The names of a number of well-known contrarian academics also feature in the Peabody filings, including Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Soon has been funded almost entirely by the fossil fuel industry, receiving more than $1.2m from oil companies and utilities, but this was the first indication of Peabody funding.

Soon and the Smithsonian did not respond to requests for comment.

Richard Lindzen and Roy Spencer, two contrarian scientists who appeared for Peabody at hearings in Minnesota last month on the social cost of carbon, were also included in the bankruptcy filings.

Peabody refused to comment on its funding for climate denial groups, as revealed by the bankruptcy filings……..https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/13/peabody-energy-coal-mining-climate-change-denial-funding

June 15, 2016 Posted by | climate change, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment